This time around let’s talk about curriculum. As I said in my last post, there are many choices. We will look at four different curricula today:
The first one is well known among Adventist homeschoolers. It’s Sonlight Education Ministry. This curriculum is free to download and print, making it very affordable for anyone who is on a budget. It includes math, history, geography, health, music, nature lessons, voice lessons, and Desire of All Nations. For parents it comes with a letter to read about the curriculum, checklist documents to keep track of books you need, a catalog, outlines for lessons, posters, and other helpful things to make the curriculum easier to use.
This curriculum is totally centered on Christ and the Bible. Every subject is Christ-centered and uses the Bible as a stepping stone to ensure learning. I have used this curriculum myself and have found it to be complete, hands on, and very in-depth. It’s laid out in an easy-to-use, concise manner. If having a budget friendly, Christ-centered, easy-to-use curriculum is important, this is the one or you. It only gets better because it’s Adventist, so there is no need to worry if the curriculum creators beliefs are in line with your own.
The second curriculum that we will cover is also popular among Christians: Abeka. While this curriculum is expensive, it is the choice of many homeschoolers. It can be used independently or guided by teachers. The price depends on which option you choose. Each kit for third grade will run you about $300, for example. When I looked up teacher-led, it ran about $1,000 for a year. Abeka, like the Sonlight Education Ministry, is Christ-centered. It uses the Bible as a way to help children learn their lessons. Subjects included are math, language arts, art, science, music, foreign language, health, spelling, phonics, reading, and electives.
We have used a few things from Abeka, and they were cute and fun to use. The lessons are thought-provoking and engaging. I would use Abeka again, but it wouldn’t be my first choice due to price. If you want an engaging, Christ-centered, easy curriculum, this is a great one. If, however, you are on a budget, this may not be the best choice for you.
Our third curriculum is Christian Light Education. Like the other two, this one is also Christian-based. Unlike the other two, it looks like you must buy every subject separately. They offer reading, Bible, language arts, math, science, and social studies. Despite that, the curriculum is often talked about as being a great choice among homeschoolers. Their first grade social studies is relatively cheap at about $18. I have used one of their social studies books, and they teach such truth. My son learned that during Columbus’ time people already knew the earth was round, whereas in public school I was taught people thought it was flat.
This is a great curriculum if you want Christian teaching and in-depth learning. I think the only downside may be that I haven’t seen anywhere you can buy it as a whole curriculum. Other than that, this is a wonderful choice for many homeschooling families.
Our last curriculum this post is Tapestry of Grace. I have heard this one talked about several times in homeschooling circles. They go by years starting at primary and ending at year four. Year one is about the ancient world. Like the others it is centered around Christian beliefs. An example would be that all governments are established by God. This curriculum offers history, literature, geography, government, arts and activities, writing, and worldview. Pricing depends on which package you buy: the unit sampler package costs $85, while the family package runs close to $500. So, this curriculum can be highly affordable if you have a budget. Many homeschoolers say this is their curriculum of choice due its Christian roots and pricing.
While I have never personally used this curriculum, it does seem very Christian based, and the books look beautiful.The price is great, and it seems you get a lot of customer service support. One day I will sample it to give all of you a better idea of what it is like. I went ahead and added it, though, because so many people recommend it, and it is on many list as a top Christian curriculum. From what I can see, it really is a beautiful, in-depth, Christian curriculum.
Well, that is it for this posting! If you have read until this point, thank you! Please join me in my next post where I will discuss how you can use Christian teaching and ideas in health and even physical education curriculum.